February 8, 2015

The Church at Brook Hills and David Platt

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This of course, is a very belated post, since all of this happened basically last September.  But I’ve been meaning to post about it, and since I finally am fed up with all the tabs open on things I’d like to post on (lol), I’ve decided to finally get this on here.

I had many mixed feelings when I first heard the announcement that David Platt would move on from being the Senior Pastor at Brook Hills, to becoming the president of the International Mission Board (IMB).  Not because I had particularly known him at all… in fact, that was one of the reasons I was so full of mixed feelings.  You see, David Platt was a name that came up many many times in my church, a name that people spoke with reverence and respect.  And little wonder – my church happens to be somewhat of a church plant from Brook Hills, so many of the people there had spent the last few years under his tutelage.  From all their words of praise, I’ve always wanted to go to the church someday and listen to him preach, but it’s about 30 minutes away, which for someone like me is relatively far to travel.  However, I had just heard of Secret Church last Easter, which he hosted every year apparently, so I had been planning to check it out this Easter.  Little did I know that the chance to hear him preach in person would be lost much sooner than I imagined.

On the other hand, I am very happy for him in this new position.  It sounds like the position will give him the ability to do something that’s long been on his heart in a more effective way than he could have before, and it sounds like a lot of thought and prayer went into this decision.  I’m excited that the IMB has him as their new president, and I’m sure he’s going to do great things for them in God’s name.  While I did not have the chance to ever hear him in person, I have seen a couple of his sermons online, and I can tell that he is very passionate about spreading the Gospel to all people and all nations.  If you need an example of his earnestness here’s a link to his message to the Church at Brook Hills after he made his decision to take the new position he was offered.  And here is a follow-up article about his last Sunday as Senior Pastor at Brook Hills.

January 21, 2015

The Heresy of Worshiptainment

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Here is a great article by Mike Livingstone about The Heresy of Worshiptainment, and why it is important for us in our churches not to focus on being “entertained”, but to really hear and soak in the message of the Gospel.  To have Christ and God at the center of worship, rather than human stars.  I hope and pray that the churches you all attend are grounded in the Word rather than man-made idols, and that your hearts will crave not the “great music” or “experience”, but rather the true conviction and saving grace and mercy of Christ.  That applies to me as well.

April 18, 2014

The Cross and Christian Sexuality

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Well, it’s certainly been a while since I posted here.  Haven’t had as much time as I would like to review sermons or growth group sessions and write them on here.  I did watch this yesterday/today though – it’s by a pastor who leads at a church that my current church was a church plant of (lots of “church” in that sentence haha).  I think this is a really good sermon for people who wonder about what Christianity and the Bible say about sexuality.  Have you ever wondered how far can you go with your partner who is not yet a husband or wife?  What about pornography?  Masturbation?  How far is too far?  To anyone who is struggling with this, has struggled with this, or has suffered because someone else is struggling because of this, I point you to this great sermon by David Platt.